- J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, magna cum laude; Editorial Board, Arkansas Law Review
- B.A., Davidson College
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
American Bar Association (Standing Committee on Public Education, YLD liaison, 2012-2014)
Arkansas Bar Association (Law Related Education Committee, member, 2013-2014)
Pulaski County Bar Association
Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel
Defense Research Institute
Judge Henry Woods American Inn of Court
Fred advises technology, financial services, and healthcare companies and founders on litigation, intellectual property rights, cybersecurity, data privacy and security, and general corporate matters. He works hand in hand with fellow lawyers and experts in technology transactions, mergers and acquisitions, raising capital, fund formation, data breach response, and equity compensation.
An experienced litigator and former in-house counsel, Fred focuses on achieving legal outcomes in a cost-effective manner. He is often praised for his strategic, businesslike approach to complicated, contentious problems.
Fred is proud of his pro bono work. He has advocated for abandoned immigrant children, persons in need of guardianship, and individuals facing religious persecution. And he regularly assists nonprofit organizations with legal compliance and funding goals.
Fred volunteers as a director of ACCESS Group, Inc., a non-profit delivering exceptional services to intellectually and developmentally disabled persons across the state. He is a long-time supporter of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra; the Oxford American literary magazine; and Little Rock Central High School.
Representative matters include intellectual property litigation, including claims of patent, trademark, and copyright infringement; trade secret protection; class action defense; consumer protection defense, including bank fee, data breach, and TCPA litigation; securities fraud; shareholder suits; and First Amendment, election, and administrative law. Fred’s clients have achieved favorable outcomes pre-litigation; at mediation and arbitration; at trial, including bench and jury trial victories; in administrative proceedings; and on appeal, affirming key wins and reversing adverse rulings.
Recent Publications & Presentations
- “Patent Litigation: Could Arkansas be Home to More Suits after TC Heartland,” The Arkansas Lawyer (Fall 2018)
- "Second Circuit Holds TCPA Consent Given In Contract Cannot Be Revoked,” Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel Newsletter (Jan. 2018)
- "Arkansas Supreme Court Rules Pre-Dispute Contractual Jury-Trial Waivers Unenforceable,” Client Alert (Jan. 2018)
- "Landmark Arkansas Cases: Johnson v. Rockwell," Judge Henry Woods American Inn of Court (February 14, 2018) (presentation), discussing the history of tort reform and separation of powers between judicial and legislative branches, including proposed ballot measure amending the Arkansas Constitution.
- United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Arkansas in Fort Smith (law clerk)
- Judge Robin Wynne, Arkansas Court of Appeals (law clerk, 2012)
- Office of the General Counsel, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (student law clerk)
- ACCESS® Group, Inc. (Board of Directors; Development Council; Co-chair, Bingo Bash, 2017)
- Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (SHARP member)
- Oxford American (OA Society member)
Technology and Data Privacy and Security
- Team member securing preliminary injunction in first-of-its-kind Arkansas cannabis dispensary trademark dispute after virtual hearing under pandemic-era restrictions.
- Advised industry leading data-management company on compliance with data privacy and security regulations, including requirements related to the TCPA, HIPAA, HITECH, and the Affordable Care Act.
- Defended patent infringement action Bombardier Recreational Products and BRP U.S. Inc. v. Arctic Cat (D. Minn.) involving recreational vehicle technology. After a three week-trial, Arctic Cat prevailed when the jury invalidated the asserted patents.
- Briefed successful defense of patent invalidity jury verdict to Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Member of team briefing appeal defending client’s multi-million-dollar patent-infringement judgment. (S.D. Fla., Fed. Cir.).
- Drafted and analyzed arguments for Markman and dispositive motions in several patent-infringement cases.
- Advised university on intellectual property portfolio, including trademark protection and licensing.
- Represented technology and financial services company in protecting trade secret and proprietary information from public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (Ark.).
Class Action and Consumer Protection Defense and Other Litigation
- Member of team successfully defending six consumer class-action lawsuits regarding bank and credit union account fees, resulting in dismissal of all six cases, including dismissal on motion to dismiss of putative class action claims related to public bank client’s overdraft and insufficient funds fees disclosed in account agreement.
- Successful defense of energy company in competing royalty class actions and mass actions of more than 12,000 class members filed in state and federal courts, including CAFA removal, opposition to class certification, appeal of overlapping class-certification decisions, dispositive motions, and trial (E.D. Ark., Ark.).
- In federal case Smith v. SEECO, Inc. et al. (E.D. Ark.), after a two-week trial, co-counsel and firm team achieved a complete defense victory, with the jury rejecting the plaintiff’s claim for $300 million in actual and punitive damages and penalties.
- Winning favorable resolution of competing shareholder class actions and individual suits in state and federal court seeking to block merger transaction of publicly held client (E.D. Ark., Ark.).
- Defense of related securities class actions and dismissal of shareholder derivative suits against public bank client after stock price drop (Ark., E.D. Ark., S.D.N.Y.).
- Successfully defeated statewide-initiative petition challenging Arkansas Act 579 of 2019 regarding the expanded scope of the practice of optometry. After trial before a special master and extensive briefing to the court, successfully persuading the Arkansas Supreme Court to invalidate the putative referendum petition.
- Successful pre-certification defense and dismissal of putative Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action against healthcare information, services, and technology company (E.D. Ark.).
- Defense of single-plaintiff TCPA claim alleging hundreds of unauthorized, automated calls against financial services and technology company, successfully compelling arbitration and achieving nominal settlement (E.D. Ark.).
- Represented Muslim inmate in religious exercise claims under the First Amendment and RLUIPA against the Arkansas Department of Corrections. After a federal bench trial (E.D. Ark.), the court found the Department’s meal-plan policy violated the federal statute and constitution by burdening Mr. Muhammad’s sincere religious belief that he keeps a halal diet and consume meat daily and that the Department failed to show its policy was related to legitimate prison concerns. On appeal (8th Cir.), circuit court reversed judgment based on failing to exhaust administrative remedies.
- Obtained state court predicate orders for applications of abandoned immigrant children for special immigrant juvenile status (Ark.).
Super Lawyers, Mid-South “Rising Star,” 2017-2021
American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Health Law Student Award, 2011